Savvas will support and advice Keiryo Packaging Technologies in the scientific and technical development activities related to its disruptive polymer processing technology.
Johan Robbrecht, Managing Partner of Keiryo Packaging Technologies said: Dr Hatzikiriakos is a recognized global authority in polymer rheology and has been researching the field of flow-enhanced nucleation and induced polymer crystallization for over a decade. Savvas’ guidance will be instrumental in bridging the academic teachings on this subject with the industrial applications in polymer processing. We are therefore very pleased that he has accepted to join our Industry Advisory Board.
Dr Savvas Hatzikirakos said: Keiryo Packaging Technologies has opened a new industrial pathway for polymer processing which consolidates the underlying academically well-grounded polymer rheology fundamentals. The industrial application of flow-enhanced nucleation and induced crystallization offers fundamental opportunities for the polymer industry to simultaneously improve the performance and sustainability of polymer based packaging. I am therefore very pleased to be contributing to the development of this technology that can become a game changer for the whole polymer processing industry.
"I am very pleased to be contributing to the development of this technology that can become a game changer for the whole polymer processing industry."
Dr. Savvas G. Hatzikiriakos, professor of chemical and biological engineering at the University of British Columbia
About Prof. Dr. Savvas Hatzikiriakos: Savvas teaches chemical and biological engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He has extensively published in his key research areas of polymer rheology and polymer processing. He received several awards for his research work, amongst which the Mason Award of the Canadian Society of Rheology, two best papers in Journal of rheology (1994 and 2011), the Killam Research Fellowship in 1995 and the Future Technology Award in ANTEC 2000. Prof. Hatzikiriakos is also a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Keiryo Packaging Technologies is developing a patented polymer processing technology which introduces well-designed mechanical energy into the polymer melt during its processing. Consequently, the molecular organization of the polymer melt is altered with the creation of flow-enhanced morphological structures which have a beneficial impact on the end performances of the polymer article being produced. This enables light weighting, better barrier performance and improved mixing of virgin and recycled material. In doing so the Keiryo Packaging Technology improves the environmental sustainability of polymer based packaging.
Keiryo Packaging Technologies is incorporated in Luxemburg and headquartered at 488 route de Longwy, Luxemburg.
The Keiryo Packaging technology modifies the morphological structure and performance of polymers during the injection process.
Phillipe Blonda will be in charge of business development and new technology partnerships for Keiryo.
The partnership will lead to the commercialization of a new PET injection stretch Blow moulding process for PET bottles that reduces the manufacturing cost and improves the environmental performance of the bottle.